‘The Iron Lady’ Review: Slandering Lady Thatcher’s Legacy as Only Hollywood Can (Big Hollywood)

In a review for the Big Hollywood website, Charles C. Johnson criticises the innaccuracies and absences from ‘The Iron Lady’, including the Centre for Policy Studies. 

“This is a subtle project, but a thorough one. Here are but a few problems with the film:

  • Thatcher’s cabinet is portrayed as a bunch of Tory grandees, when, in fact, Thatcher appointed a record number of Jews to help bolster the meritocracy that her policies made possible. She also included homosexuals, too, though not in the ostentatious way that the professional homosexual left would like.
  • Her husband, Denis Thatcher, is portrayed an oafish figure played by Jim Broadbent, rather than the rogue, debonair former Artillery man who lamented that he did not see action in World War II. Thatcher loved him because he was a remarkable man, “with a certain style and dash.” When he died Thatcher eulogized him thusly: “Being PM is a lonely job. In a sense, it ought to be – you cannot lead from a crowd. But with Denis there I was never alone. What a man. What a husband. What a friend.”
  • Never once is anyone else given credit for inspiring her. F.A. Hayek, the inspirer of Thatcherism, ever discussed. Nor is Keith Joseph, who coached her. Nor is Enoch Powell who had a sort of Thatcherism avant la lettre. Nor is the Centre for Policy Studies, which, like a Heritage Foundation or Cato Institute of its day provided the theoretical heft for her free-market ideas.
  • Thatcher is portrayed as the only Lady member of the House of Commons. This is also wrong and more than a tad insulting to the memory of MPs like Barbara Castle, Judith Hart or Harriet Slater.
  • The Soviet menace, which Thatcher worked to undo with Reagan and Pope John Paul II, is ignored.”

To read the full review, visit the Big Hollywood website.

Date Added: Monday 23rd January 2012